If you truly want to help stray animals, it is best to be
properly armed in advance. This involves careful research and significant
knowledge. Do this research at bookstores, libraries, and at your
veterinarian’s Office, talk to your local animal shelter's staff, ask the
public health department for information on rabies, and be prepared in any way
you can be.
It is not always easy to have this information already under
your belt when you run across a dog that has been hit by a car. So use your
best judgment, and always stay on the side of caution.
If you want to help but are not sure what to do, call the
police department and ask for help. If the animal is blocking the road, make
sure you are not at risk of being hit by a car while helping the animal.
Do not try to treat the animal for its medical condition if
you are not trained to do so. As with a human, you can sometimes cause more
damage than good.
If you can move the animal to the side of the road so it is
not hit again, that can be helpful. On the other hand, an animal in pain can
act aggressively. That is why it is so crucial to be armed with knowledge ahead
Maybe waiting for the police to come, or calling the local
animal warden, is the best place to start. If you have a cell phone, call the
nearest vet's office to ask for help. Maybe they can send someone out to help.
Maybe they can offer advice over the phone. Perhaps they will ask you to bring
the animal to their office. Make sure you are safe in doing this. You are the
best judge, provided you have done your research in advance.
It is always tempting to help an animal in need. Some people
simply can't turn away. But remember, you will not help the animal if you hurt
yourself in the process.